Article From the Summer 2002 Issue of


The Journal of the New York Museum of Transportation

Charles Lowe

New York State Railways, Rochester & Eastern 157: In early June, the tarps covering the Baldwin trucks to be placed under 157 were removed and all motor bearings and journal boxes were lubricated. Car 157ís broad-gauge Brill trucks were also lubricated at this time. To be able to roll the Baldwin trucks away from the car house, some minor track repairs were made in late June to the track leading into the car house. Detail measurements made in July revealed that 157ís center pins are 1 Ĺ" in diameter, while the holes in the Baldwin trucks are for 2" pins. These pins will be retained but the car bolster-to-truck fittings on 157 will be replaced with the ones provided with the Baldwin trucks. Temporary wooden side bearings will also be inserted to provide lateral stability to 157 when placed on its new trucks later this year.
On July 12, the Baldwin trucks were moved onto the loop track pending their placement under 157. The drawbar from NYMTís Philadelphia Transportation Co. C-130 snow sweeper was pressed into service while moving these trucks.

NYMT's L-3 and Baldwin trucks make an interesting train

Matthews Building Movers lifted 157 on July 31, ironically the 72nd anniversary of the last full day of service on the Rochester and Eastern in 1930. The Brill trucks were moved out of the car house the next day.

Philadelphia & Western 161: Don Quant has finished cutting the 17 trolley board cleats. The heights of these cleats are arranged to correct for the slight sag in the carís roof. In June, all scaffolding was removed, all debris was cleared away from under the car and all motor bearings and journal boxes were lubricated. Don Quant sealed the four roof vents while Sam Swisher, Eric Norden and Charlie Lowe used Paul Monteís Masonite boards to seal all side windows. The boards were wrapped in plastic and snapped into place at each window opening. On July 12, a work crew consisting of Bob Miner, Jim Dierks, Randy Bogucki and Charlie Lowe used L-3 and moved 161 outside and onto the loop track where it will be stored until 157 is on its new trucks.

New York State Railways, Rochester Lines 437: Arrangements are being made for placing this car on its new trucks once they arrive; Matthews Building Movers will be doing this work. A fund raising campaign is being planned to defray the cost of this work.

Hornell Traction Co. 34: A shop truck has recently been fabricated and primed by Charlie Lowe using two track car wheel sets rehabilitated in 1999, intended for use under 437. Since 437 is now receiving operational trucks, its shop truck wheel sets became available for other use. The Hornell snow plow has been on wood blocking since its arrival at NYMT in 1998, but its placement in front of one of the shopís two side doors has made access by mowing tractors difficult. Placement of 34 onto its shop truck will eliminate this problem as well as position 34 for eventual movement into the car house. The shop truck has a wheelbase of 7í-0" and is constructed entirely from pressure treated 4x4 lumber. All connections are by means of 3/8" diameter bolts. Both side frames are 12í-0" in length; four 8í-0" long cross members span between the side frames and provide a bed onto which car 34, measuring 16í long and 7í wide, will be placed.

Philadelphia & Western 168: Charlie Robinson has been continuing his efforts to refinish the outsides of all the side windows on this car. While the roof of 168 is a weather-tight fiberglass, Charlie points out that the wood windows and quarter-round glazing strips are in grave danger from rain and snow. He is methodically removing and repainting the movable sash, including caulking all trim pieces, and is also caulking the quarter round on the fixed, upper window sash. Birds nested in the ceiling of 168 this season, and Don Quant has been making parts to fit over holes in the floor to seal them out and minimize weather damage.

Rochester Transit Corp. "Casey Jones": Gary Morse took charge of moving "Casey Jones" outside and test-operating it on the museumís annual "Casey Jones Day", June 16. The car ran well and was run up and down the passenger loading track at the museum in between regular track car runs. "Casey Jones" remains the only working ex-New York State Railways or Rochester Transit Corp. car in the world, so having it at NYMT in such good condition is quite unique.

New York Museum of Transportation L-3: Bob Miner and Charlie Lowe attempted a test running in early June, but weak batteries prevented all efforts at starting the engine. After charging the batteries, the test run was made. Just before using L-3 on July 12 to move 161 out of the car house, transmission fluid was added to overcome leaky seals. L-3 performed flawlessly through the 5-hour job of moving 161 and the Baldwin trucks.

New York Museum of Transportation TC-1: Ted Strang, Bob Miner and others continued their winter-long rebuilding of NYMTís primary track car. In addition to mechanical work, which included major, wholesale rebuilding of the frame, wood boards have been replaced with metal diamond plate. A new operatorís seat, a storage box for the radio and other items, and a large fuel tank are some of the features that will make life easier for track car operators. TC-1 was moved outside in June and the car was made operable for visitor ride service in July. As time permits, Ted expects to complete detail work and start rebuilding the body.